I'm as much in favor of encouraging reading as anyone. But this quote from a post on Grumpy Old Bookman is unsettling: "The Observer takes pleasure in informing us that eight-year-old Adora Sitvak is on her way over here to encourage British kids to read and write." Michael Allen has more to say in More about child prodigies.
It already bothers me that, more and more, kids aren't allowed to have any childhood. I am so grateful that, when I was a child, I was largely left alone by my elders (I am also lucky that I was able to spend as much time as I did with my older brother's buddies).